Our Verbs and Adjectives Shades of Meaning lesson plan teaches students how different verbs and adjectives can mean primarily the same thing but have slightly different meanings. During this lesson, students are asked to choose between multiple words to fill in the blank in a sentence, making them think intentionally about the differences in meaning between similar words (“cold” and “frozen,” for example). Students are also asked to act out different words with different shades of meaning for their families at home in order to demonstrate that they understand how the words differ from each other and in what ways.
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to distinguish shades of meaning among verbs differing in manner and adjectives differing in intensity by defining or choosing them or by acting out the meanings.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.5.D